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Campos 5, San Francisco 5, Weiner 4, Mancell 4, Cal 4, Avalos 3, The City 2, Tom Borden 2, Chiu 2, Weiss 2, Tilly 2, Tom Scott 2, Us 2, Kim 1, Un 1, Christopher 1, Chu 1, Ken Mcgary 1, Mancel 1, Mr. Moskovich 1,
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    January 9, 2013
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transportation projects and disagreement and agreements and it is really a... it is a critical and very tough arena in many ways. and one thing that i and i said this when chair campos and i went to speak to the ta staff when you announced your retirement. that even though, we all of course, have agreements and disagreements and sometimes, sometimes even intense disagreements that i think that it is universally people, universally acknowledge your incredible depths of knowledge and creative thinking around so many transit issues. >> i know that a number of months ago when it looked like there was a potential hitch in terms of the design of the project and you were able to come up with a very elegant and creative solution that we were all able to get behind. i just want to wish you all the best and i know that we are going to be in touch and i am sure that i will be calling you
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with questions and i appreciate your continued advice, and friendship, thank you. thank you, mr. vice chair, commissioner avalos? >> i would like to thank the director for your service. i had the opportunity to meet your parents and was able to meet him while doing the remocking in the district and giving you a great perspective on how much your family means to you and it is great to hear that you have some time to spend with them. i want to thank you for your great service here to the city we have the challenges around the transit and it is important that we have the transportation authority and that is really brings the independent thinking to how we make decisions around the transit that can actually hold the city to the higher level in terms of how we plan and how we direct our resources. and i think that you have to provide that and you have been able to assemble a staff around
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you that bring excellence as well to that vision that you bring. and we are going to miss your work. we have to figure out how to move on and how to do so. i think that your contributions are going to be missed and i am glad that you are still around to provide some input and you will be consulting as well. but the city has gained a lot from your perspective and your creativity and drive and so i wish you all of the best and i hope to be seeing you soon and in the coming year as well. thank you. >> thank you, i wanted to thank the maestro for everything that he has done for the transportation and for teaching me and my staff so much and the leading great quote on orchestras you created a great staff that really worked well together. it is a pleasure to work with the staff that you have helped
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to nurture and support. and i know that we will work together but i look forward to watching some of your performances that you are going to hopefully be doing and hopefully you can enjoy, the other parts of your life like your love of music as well. thanks for your service for san francisco. >> thank you, commissioner. commissioner olague? >> i wanted to thank you for everything, it has been a real pleasure working with your department over the past few years. on issues like level of service, with racial and i know that she has done a lot of amazing work and tilly, whether it is congestion pricing or any of the other questions that i have had have you been helpful, i have enjoyed this committee and one of my favorite committees that i serve on. and i have enjoyed the subject matter and that is the
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implications around transportation and planning are great for a lot of diverse populations in the city and the implications are greater than they were even like sometimes acknowledging us. so thank you for your work and i hope that you enjoy your retirement and as, superviser, mar mentioned that you have time to spend with music and other things that you love. so thank you. >> like i said, we will have an opportunity to make a formal presentation and recognition, but, i have to say that not only as an mtc commissioner and as a chair, i appreciate working with you and you can say, you know, there is a saying in spanish... you know, tell me, who you are with and i will tell you who you are and i
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think that by that measure and by the people that he has surrounded himself with, his staff, i think, that he is a great man. so i think that it is something to be very proud of. and on a more personal note for me, there are not that many gay latinos in these positions so it is good to see that out once in a while. so why don't we open it up to public comment and any member of the public that would like to speak on the executive report, please come forward. >> good morning, thank you for the opportunity, my name is ro land, and first of all, i want to say a great thank you. we are going to miss you. the thing that wanted to touch on is the central subway, you have an opportunity opportunity here, not just to expand it not just to north beach, but all the way to the bay. and i will share with you with what we did with the channel
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ton el. they are 200 feet below the sea bed and provide a grounding, and so i strongly urge you to look at the possibility of going all the way to the bay, burying them, assure you that there are a lot of people down there that will back you up when you go after the funding, thank you and happy holidays. >> thank you very much i know that we have a number of speaker cards for items but if you would like to come up and say anything on this item. come forward. seeing none, public comment is closed. and i also wanted to before we move forward to the next item. i wanted to give an opportunity to the chief deputy. and to make remarks about him and we will have more of an indepth discussion about the transition, but wait that it works under the administrative code of the authority is that
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the chief deputy automatically steps into the shoes of the executive director when there is a vacantcy and until there is a new executive director and so with that to our chief deputy we also want to thank her for stepping into this role as well. >> thank you, my pleasure. >> i am so nervous talking to someone who gets grammy nominations and i am speaking on behalf of the staff it is close to 20 years of service at the authority. so incredibly long period of time being a public service, and especially as this board knows and the city which is very, very difficult and we are going to have a proper celebration, but i could not let this moment pass without a few words from staff. echoing much of what you said, but i think that most of us in this room cannot think of the authority without thinking of jose, and this is a moe men thank yous occasion and it has not been one of holding steady
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on a well established institution, it is one to unwavering dedication to professionalism and plain old blood sweat and tears. he has steadfastly helped to grow this organization and create and implement a vision for san francisco. which we are realizing today. and as of one of you just said, it is truly a testament that he has such an amazing group of people that are so talented and dedicated to a t to the authority's mission and trying to do the right thing in the city and we truly appreciate the support of this board and prior boards of making this happen. this is really like a celebration of the authority and i would like to take one quick minute to highlights the things that have happened in the past 12 months and completely amazing. >> when weiss came back to the organization as executive director in 2001, within two weeks he had inserted himself into the 2001 regional
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transportation plan process which as commissioners weiner and campos knows is at the critical moment that you know which projects will get funded and which won't. and due to his expertise and the arena not settling for less for san francisco which really should have more. we ended up with not just two projects that the city family was going to settle for, but we got the central subway and the terminal and the parkway and the electrickation plan. that was an historic moment and all of those pro-jeks are moving forward. it lead the groundwork for the prop b sales tax and we got the first transportation plan. the prop k sales tax proved a new 30-year extension, and all of the initial projects and plus, the brt are well under way and have reached significant milestones and this
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is a kutos to this chair and board in particular in april, saved one of the mark way opened to service, the authority board authorized us to sign the high-speed rail mou which helped to unravel the political juggernaut that was tying up the funding and one of the things that that did was all puns intended was energize the project and now has a real fubding plan and redepress is under way. in may, we got to the first time the transbay terminal projects to the downtown extension part was named of two new priorities for federal new starts funding in the regional transportation plan. in june, in the executive director's plan, they reached financial close which is a testament not only to the work
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by slogart and weiss not giving up on that and weiner and campos helping to seal the plan. and cal tram and we have done so successfully in june, the boards approved the locally preferred alternative for the rapid transit project and we are hoping for the project this spring, in october we had the full funding agreement and almost a billion dollars to that fund and project. and last of the signature projects that they have signed and all of the lessons learned and we opened to release the eir draft in 2013. i don't want to take up more time and just highlighted the big projects but there have been countless small projects city wide that has wies's fingerprints on everything from this weekend celebration of the church and pedal street scape projects to the recent approvele of 2010 to the
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vehicle registration fee which is supposed to provide improves state wide. and there is so much more to say to have the opportunity in january other than use. and from the bottom of our heart i know that the staff will truly miss you and we hope that we will have you fooling around the agency in spirit and literally as we move forward. thank you. >> thank you. >> and again, we want to thank mr. moskovich and his partner and the rest of his family and we look forward to the january presentation. madam clerk, if you could call item number five. >> award an 18 move consultant contract with options to extend to two additional two year terms, to itercircumstance in an amount not-to-exceed $130,000 for the vehicle level of service and transit speed monitoring as part of the 2013 congestion management program, and this is an action item. >> and this became before the
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finance committee and i don't have any speaker cards. let me ask any member of the public who would like to speak on item five? seeing un, public comment is closed and let me take a roll call? >> avalos? >> aye. >> campos. >> aye. >> chiu >> aye >> chu. >> aye. >> cohen >> aye. >> fer ril. >> aye. >> kim. absent. >> olague. >> aye. >> weiner. >> aye. >> item passes if you could call item six. >> award three treer year conduct alt contracts with the option to extend for two additional one year periods to arup north america limited and nelson nygaard consulting associate and stantec consulting services and this is an action item. >> before we take action, is there any member of the public who would like to speak on
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item? >> public comment is closed. >> could we take the house, same call? >> item passes. >> item seven? . >> authorize the ex-did i have director to execute an amendment to the memorandum of the agreement with the san francisco mun nis pal transportation agency for the van ness avenue bus rapid transit project to provide additional $208,862 in proeshted prop k funds to the sfmta bringing the sfmta's prop k budget to the total amount not to ex-see $349,362. >> is there any member of the public who would like to comment? >> seeing none, could we take the same in-house call. item passes. >> could you call number 8? >> appoint glen davis, aaron 2k3w0e8ds commission and
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christopher wadding to the citizen's advisory committee for two year terms. >> is is there any member of the public who would like to speak? >> seeing none, public comment is closed. the same house and call. >> same house and call item passes. >> number nine, recommend that cal train proceed with design of quint street bridge replacement option one, berm design allocate, $352,184 and prop k funds to the san francisco department of the public works for the conceptual design and environment review of the quint jerrioconnector road. >> and i do have a speaker card. labron is there any another member that would like to speak on this item please come forward. >> i have a presentation. >> there we go. >> back in 2005, thank you for
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the opportunity. the committee have landed on the beautiful station design and they ran two rams which you can see at the bottom and a pedestrian underpass under the quint street bridge. now i move forward to 2012, and we need the ability of having two more tracks for high speed rail and cal train so that we don't... on transbay and the problem now that we have is where the proposal is to put a connector road, we no longer with the room to put in the platform and so that becomes the real issue. as you can see from the design, the ramps have disappeared and the pedestrian and the pass is also gone, so i would like to do in the time that is remaining, is to show you a solution which is to design a modio which is the foundation for the station that could be
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installed over a couple of days. and while we wait for this to come up, while this is running the point that i would like to make, you can vacate quint street if you want to but you have to move the connector road to the other side. the response that i got just now is that the pedestrian connections and something that we can do later. i respectfully disagree, it has to be addressed now, we have to design the station and have everything working together. and you can watch the video or we can accept it but you can guess what is going to happen to this. thank you, and happy holidays. >> thank you very much. is there any other member of the public who would like to
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speak on this item? >> seeing, none, public comment is closed. >> this is an action item that can be formed and plans and programs the house has exchanged if we could do roll call. >> commissioner cohen. >> thank you very much, i actually just wanted to make a response to what mr. labron was raising, if you could speak to that i appreciate that. >> >> if you would come to the podium. >> good morning, tilly deputy for planning. in response to his comments which we have heard and addressed as well in conjunction with cal train staff. my understanding is that the primary comment is that the future high speed rail plans which may install four tracking would be in conflict with the connector road that we would
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propose to develop that. in the future if there is a need for four-track service, that there would be potentially a look at that four-tracking in this area and also bi pass tracks that would completely by pass this area to allow it to occur in another location, and there could be an underground alignment. at this point, the agencies are working under the current regional agreement, the assumption there is that it is a blended service on two tracks and the two tracks that exist today, the tracks would be sufficient for higher speed, service and that is our long-term planning assumption and horizon and so that the development of the connector road is consistent with that scenario. and if that future time or the high speed rail authorities or the agencies would like to contemplate higher capacity service with additional capacity and there are several options that need to be looked at including bi pass tracks as well as four-tracking in this area, with regard to the pedestrian access, we believe
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that the ada compliant ramps that are part of the station design are consistent and adequate for providing that access, those plans are consistent with the future project if that should be the selection of the authority and with the connector road. with the pedestrian access is provided under the current design. >> thank you, very much. colleagues, any other questions? >> so the house has changed when we have a roll call on this item. >> avalos? >> yes. >> campos? >> aye. >> chiu. >> aye. >> chu. >> aye. cohen. >> aye. >> elsbernd. >> aye. >> if her ril. >> aye. >> mar. aye. >> olague. >> aye. >> weiner. >> aye. >> the item passes. >> thank you. >> item passes. if you could call item ten. >> adopt the proposition to aa strategic plan with the conditions this is an action item. >> and i have a number of speaker cards on this item.
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so let me call them out. tom scott, tom borden, ken mcgary, may wo ng and roland labron. but any other member of the public who would like to speak on this item please come forward. again, this is on item number ten. are the folks who signed the speaker cards please come up? >> go ahead, sir. >> hi, i'm tom borden and i am with sf urban riders and another group whose name shall not be mentioned but i just wanted to review some history on the park. and basically my premise is
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that mancel is a bright that has been on the park by the transit planners and this has been realized since the first master plan was put together in 1983 and a lot of things have changed over the course of these master plans in the 1983 master plan, they said that mancell something had to be done about mancel and the plan proposed dropping it down on the north side of the ridge, and that did not seem too workable. and then in the 1985 master plan, they decided to close mancell from the two ends of shelly and force people to drive around that horse shoe of shelly to get around the park and that was dropped. in 1989 they gave up fixing mancell and in 1997, they
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decided to embrace the automobile and there was no mention of fixing mancell and i wanted to read this one part from the master plan. the system should as the primary goal create and maintain a system of recreational roadways where the pedestrian movement and slow pleasure driving have priority. non-recreational travel should be restricted to mancell street. and the one consistent thing through all of these plans is the assessment of what mancell does to the park and i will just read this other section from the original 1983 plan. mancell is aligned on long the top of the ridge preempting several acres of choice, plat land in the center of the park, although carrying light volumes of traffic between neighborhoods, it is designed for high speed traffic with no provisions for turn outs or access points to serve the park
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facilities. >> this street, actually a little used stretch of high speed highway is greatly over designed and used a major open space of the park and divides the park in two. and that is pretty much the same situation it is today. and the park would be just amazing, and it would be an amazing improvement for the park if this road were basically utterly destroyed and turned into a winding country lane, but thank you. >> next speaker, please? >> commissioners, my name is ken mcgary and i volunteered with save the park. and we are dedicated to understanding and and protecting the wild places and we organize parties and send out newsletters around to 1,000 friends of the park. and i am active in the collaborativive which brings together neighbors and
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community groups working for positive change and the neighbor and advocates have discussed ways to improve mancell, some of the stuff that has long been discussed, lane calms and traffic protections would open up the ridge lane to runners and cyclists and moms with baby strollers, it would also reconnect the north and south halves of the park and bring back the less hectic pass of the road build in 30s. >> the plan included closing one side to auto traffic to reclaim several acres of road bed as a new park. we think that this approach deserves serious study and could bring an exciting new public promenade that would serve many communities. it
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bisects one of the great places in the system. owls make their home in the wood. and both in 1988 and 97 master plans declared that new features should emphasize simple form. and of course he wanted everything to appear as natural as possible. luckily, fortunately complete streets guidelines do make consideration that allows us for context and setting when designing the multimodel corridors so we request that this project proceed with an eye towards view sheds and minimizing light pollution and wild life impact and an ear towards minimizing south pollution, we greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone working to transform this corridor and we look forward to working with agency and other park groups to
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improve transportation options in the park. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please? >> commissioner, campos, i would like to speak em 12. >> great. >> is there any other member of the public that would like to speak on this item come forward. >> my name is tom scott. very briefly i want to ask that this... i am grateful today that the agency is taking on this project, it is in need of traffic calming and safety measures i cross it twice a day and it is a scary event twice a day. i want to emphasize and encourage that the funds for this project not be is minimal to none that come out of the fund. the city, the neighborhood and the community fought hard for every dollar and it could be dried up in a heart beat, where there are so many other infrastructure needs in the park. i agree that the traffic
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calming is needed and i am glad that it is going to move forward let's keep our hands off of the park bond money to do it. >> thank you very much. >> next speaker, please? >> >> i want to bring to your attention is the new boundaries that are drown and you having jurisdiction of the district nine, and you are now closed to what they are talking about mcclarin park. and the gentleman here earlier on gave you the history which many of times when we looked at the master plan, and the many of the documentation that has come about from the 80s, to the
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late 90s, again and again, in developing new strategies we reinvent the wheel. now, that street mancell street needs some attention. and not a supervisor bothering the park has brought that to our attention. but that needs to be done right now, is to have focused meetings, with the people who really know about mancell park, and about mancel street and mcclarin park. you may not believe it *.

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